Bishop Museum Teacher & Student STEAM Internships

This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-focused internship aims to provide broad exposure to and an immersive experience in STEAM activities through the Museum’s unique biological and cultural resources. Through this internship, the Museum hopes to inspire students and teachers throughout Hawai‘i to develop the skills needed to understand and effectively engage in museum studies and science, and share their knowledge and understanding with the larger community.

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Online applications for the 2021 program are coming soon! Please check back in mid-February 2021.

Internship Timeline

  • February 2021 – Online application available

  • April 5 – Online application submission deadline

  • April 12 – Applicant interviews begin

  • April 30 – Selected interns notified

  • June 8 – Tentative summer portion start date

This internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) summer position for six weeks during June and July 2021.

Internship schedule and format subject to change. Program will run in accordance with mandates from City and State officials.


Three-lined Nudibranch
Flabellina trilineata
© Susan Middleton

About the Internships

During summer 2021, interns will work alongside collections managers and curators in the Museum’s collections, including Botany, Malacology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Anthropology, the Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity, and others. Interns will work with mentors to comprehensively investigate research questions, gaining practice in research and technical skills (e.g., taxonomy, genetics, integrative systematics, and curation) while also participating in the care and stewardship of these treasured collections. Training will include elements of science communication, Hawaiian and Pacific culture, and Hawaiian language. There may also be opportunities for fieldwork, which may require hiking. 

Student and teacher interns will work together with Museum mentors on collections-focused projects, culminating in a project presentation at the end of the summer. 

  • Develop a lesson plan for their classroom
  • Plan and attend a funded field trip to Bishop Museum with their students
  • Support intermittently occurring special events during school year 2021–2022, including presentations at Museum-organized Teacher Forums
  • Work monthly science interpretation shifts in the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center during school year 2021–2022
  • Support select Museum events during school year 2021–2022

Teacher Interns: Must be an educator in the state of Hawai‘i. High school teachers are preferred. 

Student Interns: Must be a high school student in the state of Hawaii with at least one full year remaining before graduation. 

This paid internship program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP) grant #S362A180059. 

Completed applications must include:

  • Online Teacher Application or Student Application
  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Students only: High school transcript

Materials listed above can be emailed to if not attached to the online application.

Congratulations to our 2019 Museum STEAM interns! 

Bishop Museum welcomed teacher interns Sandy Ramiscal (Farrington High School) and Keo Genus (Jefferson Elementary School) and student interns Annamarie Ellazar (Kamehameha Schools Kapālama), Dakota Kaupu (Kamehameha Schools Kapālama), Miriam Lipman (James Campbell High School), and Sachi Yamasaki (Moanalua High School) as the inaugural cohort of the NHEP-funded Museum STEAM internship.  

Throughout the summer, this diverse group of learners explored Bishop Museum’s Botany, Malacology, and Entomology collections, and practiced DNA analysis in the Pacific Center for Molecular Biology. For six weeks, they immersed themselves in Hawaiʻi’s native and introduced plants and animals. They imaged native insects, conducted snail surveys on campus and in the community, examined the bog forest plants of Mount Kaʻala, as well as learned some Hawaiian language, sharing their curiosity and enthusiasm throughout these activities and more. 

Furthermore, they demonstrated their budding understanding of natural science careers and Bishop Museum research. Interns represented Bishop Museum at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference and led tours and presentations at Bishop Museum for staff, colleagues, family, friends, and public visitors. As they grew their connections to the natural and cultural history of Hawaiʻi, we were especially privileged to see them grow connections to each other. 

We are so proud of Sandy, Keo, Anna, Dakota, Miriam, and Sachi and wish them all the best! 

Lion’s Mane Jelly
Cyanea capillata
© Susan Middleton
Opalescent Nudibranch
Hermissenda crassicornis
© Susan Middleton

This exhibition is generously supported by the John Chin Young Foundation.

Top image:
Puget Sound King Crab
Lopholithodes mandtii
© Susan Middleton

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